Greenwich High football blasts Central 56-6 at Homecoming

Senior quarterback Liam O’Neil put on an offensive show for the Homecoming crowd at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, leading Greenwich High School past Bridgeport Central, 56-6.

O’Neil did all of his damage in the first half, going 14-of-15 for 261 yards and five touchdowns.

(Please Note: Check the bottom of this article for a photo slideshow on the Homecoming game)

Greenwich scored on their first drive, moving 54 yards in seven plays. Senior Mark Bernstein scored the first of his three touchdowns, plowing in from three yards out. Bernstein would also score on two of O’Neil touchdown throws, from both 25 and 20 yards, both in the second quarter, as the Cardinals led at halftime, 42-0.

O’Neil didn’t need any further motivation before the game, but an unnamed member of the Hiltoppers’ squad got him fired up.

“One of the guys said something stupid that didn’t need to be said,” the GHS Cardinal captain said. “We’re a classy team. You don’t need to make me more angry. I’m going to embarrass you if you do that.”

O’Neil also threw touchdowns to seniors Joe Kelly (48 yards), Alex McMurray (six yards) and Vincent Ferraro (50 yards).

“We saw from the beginning that they were loose on our receivers,” said O’Neil, referring to Kelly, McMurray, Ferraro and Jose Melo. “We have yet to play a team that can match up across the board with all four of our guys. Someone’s always open. It was nice to be able to distribute the ball. Everyone got enough touches today. It was fun.”

Fellow captain, as well as Homecoming King, Taylor Olmstead was pleased with the defensive effort, which saw the Cardinals intercept Hilltopper quarterback Xavier Hardison three times, and recover one fumble.

“Every time we go out there, we want to play the best defense we can,” said Olmstead. “Our defense showed up today and played hard.”

The second half proved to be more of the same for Greenwich (5-0, 5-0 FCIAC). McMurray caught his second score of the day, this time from Jose Melo midway through the third quarter.

Bridgeport Central (1-5, 1-5 FCIAC) finally got on the board later in the frame, as junior Keyshaun Thomas scored from 13 yards out to make it 49-6.

Greenwich sophomore quarterback Kent Whitaker closed out the scoring with a six-yard plunge to ice the game. Junior offensive lineman Justin Gaccione added the extra point. Prior to the Gaccione extra point, starting kicker Jesse Adleberg converted all of his seven attempts.

While the Cardinals won by exactly fifty points, the CIAC “score management rule” will not go into effect, meaning Greenwich head coach Rich Albonizio will be on the sideline this Saturday, when they play upstart Westhill. The winning margin must be over fifty.

“It’s great to score 50 points,” said Olmstead. “But we don’t want anything bad to happen to coach.






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